May 13, 2016

Flashback Friday : My 21st Birthday and New York Part 2

Hello again! For those of you who haven't read the 'Part 1' post, I was surprised to an AMAZING 21st birthday present, a trip to New York City! I am getting all of the incredible feelings back now just writing about my time there. I've never known a place to take my breath away as much as New York did, it's so overwhelming. Imagine all of the films, even Gossip Girl and that is literally what you can expect. The busy, constant buzz is unreal and it really is the city that never sleeps! We stayed in a hotel called Hotel Mela and it was incredible, positioned right on Times Square!

 ( I got very excited about the Dressing Gowns we had! )

The hotel was gorgeous, the service was amazing and the food was delicious. We didn't really dine at the hotel much as I was eager to experience as many American restaurants as I could, as this was my first trip to the USA! 

On the first day we headed to Times Square to see what was there, my mum has been a few times however I wanted to see everything I possibly could to make my memories as amazing as possible. Time Square blew my mind, the lights, the sound and the atmosphere. Surrounded by people dressed as characters and shops and yellow taxis and fast food eateries, it was just incredible. We then went to Central Park, it was a gorgeous day and the views were incredible. 

Having such a beautiful place to escape to after being in the busy hustle and bustle of the city was amazing. Seeing people going for their morning jogs, walking their dogs and sitting on benches reading books in the sunshine just made me wish I lived in New York and this was my daily routine! 

After a lovely stroll through Central Park we headed to The Plaza. I'm sure this is my response to everywhere I visit but again, this place blew my mind. The elegance and beauty was amazing, I couldn't help but think about my favourite film Bride Wars and imagine how amazing it would be to have my own wedding here! 

We walked along Fifth Avenue, taking in the incredible surroundings. We were really lucky to have such gorgeous weather the whole time we were there. We had to take a trip to Godiva, the one and only chocolate heaven. I had Strawberries in a cone smothered in melted chocolate, and it was divine. 

Throughout my trip to New York I did all of the touristy things. I think you have too, especially in a place like this! We visited the Empire State Building, Madame Tussauds, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and I even went to see Madonna play at Maddison Square Gardens! It's safe to say I was truly spoilt for my birthday and I'll never forget such an amazing experience in my life! My favourite part of New York had to be the atmosphere, recognising things and being part of something so big and incredible. I walked the streets feeling like I was on a constant movie set! 

I decided to add all of the photos here, there are really no words to explain how incredible the views and experiences were! I hope you can gain a better understanding through the images I've provided!

I couldn't resist a cheeky selfie with the Empire State Building! 

Throughout my time in New York I felt so grateful and appreciative of everything I was seeing and doing, having been one of my dreams for so many years it was beyond incredible to finally be standing in the streets, taking in the musty air! I've heard to many different opinions on New York, but after being there myself, I can safely say it is one of the most amazing places I have ever been and I'm itching to go back there again! 

The M&M store was so colourful and bright, I could have spent so much money in here but I had to be sensible and control myself!

One thing that I did do whilst I was there was something I've been wanting to do for so long. We went to see Les Miserables! I couldn't believe it when my mum told me, it was such a surprise! She  just kept on going with surprise after surprise! I couldn't believe how spoilt I was getting! The show was incredible, I cried to many times! The cast were outstanding and the whole experience was one I can't wait to do again! 

There was one part of my trip that was extremely touching, and that was the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I've wanted to go to this museum ever since it opened, and I'm so grateful to have had the chance to go. Being there, in the exact place that holds so much heartache and pain was so hard. Being able to see artefacts and memorable items from the tragedy was unbelievable. The museum was amazing, it really does the American people proud, and all of the families and people effected have something to show how brave their loved ones were. The whole museum is presented perfectly, and the foundations of the two towers are designed elegantly with every name placed surrounding them. Lights and white roses created a very strong, yet peaceful atmosphere and it was so moving to be able to see the whole thing with my own eyes. 

Every single part of New York really blew me away, I can't wait until I go can back again. From the food to the people, everything was so exciting and pleasurable! I did get quite home sick at one point, and the time difference was a slight pain, especially as my boyfriend had work throughout the day, so I had to time it perfectly to be able to speak to him! But once you'd got over the fact you were so far from home and remembered where you were, it was fine, because I only had one week there, and I knew I had to make the very most of it! 

Brooklyn Bridge was so so amazing, I walked along and had to keep stopping to take everything in! 

To anybody who has been considering New York, please do it! You won't regret it, it was one of the best times of my life! 

New York, you were amazing. I cannot wait to visit again! Thank you for such an amazing experience! 



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